It's around this time in late March that Golden Gate Park music festival Outside Lands releases its lineup, or at least that's been the case these last few years. For the 10th Outside Lands, it's safe to expect big acts as well as the unexpected — who could have predicted, for example, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem of the Muppets last year? While making an effort not to fall for speculation, or worse, photo-shopped lineups passed around as the real thing, CBS/Live 105 has done their homework and compiled a list of possible acts for the three-day festival, from August 11 to 13.

One quick way to know who's coming is through process of elimination: Many performers of big festival caliber have already released their touring schedules and are in Europe or elsewhere during OSL. Meanwhile, a new American festival, this one in Missoula, Montana and hosted by the Decemberists, was just announced yesterday, and the dates are basically the same as Outside Lands. So don't expect Belle and Sebastian, Sylvan Esso, Real Estate, or any of these other acts to be on the bill at Outside Lands — for their sets that weekend, you'll have to ship off to Montana.

Here's Live 105's thinking: For more, you can always troll the Outside Lands subReddit, which is literally nothing but speculation about 2017's shows at this point.

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Lorde — "All over the festival circuit in 2017 promoting her upcoming album, Melodrama, Lorde will plays Lollapalooza the week before & seems likely to make her Bay Area return in August."

The Weeknd — "The R&B star’s tour schedule + headline slot on OSL sister festival Bonnaroo makes The Weeknd very possible for his first appearance in Golden Gate Park."

Cage The Elephant — "The band currently is only scheduled to play Sacramento on their acoustic tour & are playing Lollapalooza the week before - they are very available to return for the first time since 2009."

Arcade Fire — "One of Lollapalooza’s headliners the week prior, Arcade Fire last headlined in 2011 & do not yet have a Bay Area date for 2017."

Spoon — "Tour gap on OSL weekend & no Bay Area date yet. (Last played in 2014)"

Wiz Khalifa — "Playing Lollapalooza the weekend prior, no Bay Area date scheduled."

Justice — "Playing Lollapalooza + no Bay Area date scheduled. (Last played in 2012)"

Young The Giant — "Gap in tour schedule during OSL weekend, routing would make sense. (Last played in 2013)."


Metallica — "On the west coast during OSL weekend and conveniently missing a Bay Area date. (Last played in 2012)"

Alt-J — "They’ll be in Europe by the end of OSL weekend, meaning if they do play it would likely have to be on the festival’s first day. (Have never played Outside Lands)"

Blink-182 — "Just announced as part of Lollapalooza the weekend prior, no Bay Area dates scheduled."

Nine Inch Nails — "Playing FYF Fest in LA a few weekends before. No Bay Area date scheduled."

Tool — "Playing Governor’s Ball in NY in June so their open to festivals - no Bay Area date for 2017."

MGMT — "Playing Osheaga in Montreal the week before, no Bay Area date. (Last played in 2011)"

Foster The People — "Playing Lollapalooza the week prior, no Bay Area date. (Last played in 2011)"

Glass Animals — "Hitting the festival circuit in 2017 & conveniently free during OSL weekend. (Last played 2015)"

Grouplove — "Another band playing the major festivals in 2017 and are available. (Last played in 2014)"

The Killers — "Playing Lollapalooza the weekend before, no Bay Area date. (Last played in 2014)"

The Head & The Heart — "Playing festivals all summer & no Bay Area date after May. (Last played in 2013)"

Liam Gallagher — "Playing Lollapalooza the weekend before, no Bay Area date."

Bishop Briggs — "Playing Lollapalooza & no Bay Area date past April. (Has never played OSL)"

Kaskade — "Playing Lollapalooza the weekend before. (Last played OSL in 2013)."

The 1975 — "No Bay Area date after April 28 (Has never played OSL)."

A Tribe Called Quest — "Playing FYF Fest & Panorama in July. No Bay Area date."

Please let that last one be so! We'll of course update you on the actual, finalized lineup as soon as it's out — but for now, let the baseless theorizing begin.

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